Remaining consistent with my daily steps. There were a couple of days where I was traveling a bit and the weather was cold and raining but pushed through and got it done. Most of the steps that day I got from playing with my nephew and pushing him around in a cart like a race car around the store.
Took a small downswing end of January and beginning of this month. Got 3 way all in KK vs AK vs QQ, where AK won. Most memorable hand I raise preflop AJh, bet flop, turn, and river where river guy only had about $60 left into a pot of $180, but I thought maybe he would fold out some 75s 65s 43s 55 44 type hands. Typically I don't want to bluff holding 2 hearts here, but decided to fire 3 and close my eyes. Villain called after about 30 seconds and I said "you're good I missed." He said "I missed too" and rolls off Jc5c. I apologized for the "slow roll" as I didn't think I would ever get called by worse here.
This week I will continue to work on my schedule as I try and get things done earlier in the day. Was able to wake up at 9am today and get some gym and studying done. Going to run one errand to get a smoothie then I'll be off to work after. I want to try and maintain 9am wake up every day this week compared to my normal 1pm or later. Going to be a little tough remaining consistent with this as big changes in sleep are hard to maintain compared to gradual 15 minute changes. Just have to wake up in the morning and really want to achieve success for the day.
A-game master class I worked my way through the 7 principles and now I'm on the power of vision. This is one of the most important parts of the course. Talks about unplugging yourself from the matrix and what society wants you to become and striving to be the best version of yourself. How people say poker players don't provide anything to society but if you are able to achieve the best version of yourself then you are able to help society a bit more. For me personally I will just look to become my best self and help some immediate family for the time being.
About half way through this podcast as I listen on my drive to the casino. It has helped some with encouragement on being more social at the tables and how being a professional player is not just about making money, but entertaining the rec players who are there to have fun. If the game is boring and quiet you have to ask yourself are you just complaining about it or are you doing something to make it better? Be present at the table and enjoy the journey and characters around you who each have their own story. Be a better professional and develop more soft skills.
Feb. 7, 2023 | 7:43 p.m.
However, after I got a few DB reviews by Saulo and Zinhao and doing a live session as well resulting in them saying my level is at a very high level, leaking in a very few areas that aren't that significant.
Why join another CFP if coaches are you telling you that you have very few leaks?
Jan. 31, 2023 | 11:34 p.m.
Exercise was consistent with 10k steps+ a day. 😊
Heart rate since the 11th has stayed in the 60s. 😊
Poker win rate 8.5bb/hr. 😊
Towards the end of this month I lost 4 out of 5 sessions, which brought my hourly down quite a bit. Both of my biggest losing sessions are from a lack of A-game performance. Which led me to start working on Eliot's A-Game Master Class again. Two of the principles from the course are focusing on what you can control and taking accountability for your actions.
I have been getting late starts each day either from playing late at night or staying up and watching tv. This leads to poor sleep (6.5hr avg) for the month and a 76 rating on my Fitbit. This needs to be increased to around 7.5hr avg for me personally. I only had "good" sleep rating 3 days entire month above 80. This will be one of my key focuses today and through February. Poor sleep also led to some poor diet choices revolving around sugary drinks.
One thing that leads me to poor sleep is prioritizing hours grinding over having a healthy schedule. There are many days where I'm finishing my steps around 10pm or finishing getting my 6-8 hours of grinding in for the "day" around 3-5am at the casino. There might be a week or two in February where I fall short on 40 hours and sacrifice these hours to try and be more consistent with my schedule. It's almost like a punishment & reward system. I punish myself by making a little less money in terms of lack of volume, but reward my sleep and health as a higher priority.
One session towards the end of this month stands out the most to me as lack of discipline and A-game performance. First mistake was playing past my cutoff time because I was stuck a buy-in or so. I was planning on leaving no later than midnight, but I ended up staying until 3:30am! This had a big ripple effect. One hand in particular where I opened LJ with JTo in a loose splashy game, which can be -EV being OOP with a weak off suit broadway. HJ & CO cold call, BTN now min 3bets (drunk guy slurring his words), which is one of the reasons I opened the hand in the first place, to play more hands vs this guy. Ended up calling the min 3bet and goes 4 ways OOP to all 3 players. Flop T94r. Hero decides to donk lead 1/3 like a fish to "find out where I'm at." Tired and playing my C or B game at the time and just not thinking straight. One caller and now BTN raises a little over 3x. "I can't fold top pair to a drunk guy" I think to myself. When in reality I got the information I wanted that screams I am beat but lack of A-game performance led me to continue. Turn T94-J. BINGO! I thought. Hero checks to let the drunk guy keep barreling. Villain bets about 60% pot and now I XRAI for less than a min raise in this unnecessary bloated pot. This hand I end up losing to a set of 4s (story checks out). I could chalk this up to a "cooler" and tell my friends I lost top two pair vs a set but in reality this is just a A-game performance leak that shows lack of patience and forced aggression. Eliot says he likes to think of Patience as a skill not a virtue. Where if I stuck to my standard preflop ranges I wouldn't open JTo from the LJ, also I would use a smaller opening size. There are just so many mistakes in one hand where I need to reflect on this as a hard lesson learned on proper sleep, sticking to a healthy schedule, and playing my A-game at all times.
Open QQ UTG8, UTG7 min 3bets (1.9x), BB cold calls, Hero 4bets 4x, UTG7 calls, BB folds.
Hero 1/3, UTG7 calls.
Hero 62%, UTG7 folds AsAc face up.
Respect to villain for folding this in a live game and also trapping me pretty good here. On a 863 board I am going to lose quite a bit of money. Not to mention we are 200bb+ effective this hand. Villain had a pretty aggro image in my mind where on a low flop I would easily give him credit for JJ/TT type hands and probably stack off.
MP opens 4x, CO & BTN call. BB folds but cards get exposed as they are tossed forwards towards the dealer. Ad5d. Dealer "Are you serious?"
I think this is more common than people think based on some of the showdowns and comments I get about my own play.
For example CO will open, BTN flats, Hero squeeze KQo, CO folds AQo. Other times I will iso roughly 7bb over 2 limpers from the SB ATo and hear comments at showdown "You raised with that?" Lastly I get some weird looks like I'm some maniac when I 3bet QTs/J10s rather than cold calling the 2bet. Maybe if you stop opening 4-5x I'll 3bet a little less often.
Will update again next Monday and hopefully can share some progress made with my schedule regarding sleep and volume played earlier in the day.
Jan. 30, 2023 | 7:56 p.m.
I tried to hyper link a few different things in video comments or upload images into my journal, but they do not appear and not able to click on any hyper links. In this post I hyper linked 2 things and dropped an image. It will be there when I edit the comment but won't appear in the actual comment for others to see.
Jan. 24, 2023 | 10:21 p.m.
sippin_criss thanks for the response. I didn't mean any disrespect by my question.
This player is grinding known pools so wouldn't have an expectation of a WR that hits the anon ceiling of 10~
This info here helps as its easier to exploit in anon pools compared to others known sites.
Then of course based on 35k hands or so a month, going from 50NL to 1KNL in 9 months is what a lot of poker players dream about.
Then for redline as you mentioned there are less hot spots in higher stakes to exploit later street over folding that occurs much more in low stakes as they are more fit or fold.
But wasn't asking for a complete game plan on the differences between the two two players. Just some generalities as we discussed here is more than enough. Idk why some people are so sensitive to such basic questions. Hard to discuss anything in a public forum without someone being offended it seems.
I'll leave it at that. No point in going back and forth especially with non members. I'll message you, matt, or Patrick directly with future questions. Thanks for the response.
Jan. 24, 2023 | 10:09 p.m.
Jan. 24, 2023 | 7:49 p.m.
Look forward to part 2. If this was your "c-game" then I think you are doing very well overall. Also happy to see its a mix of winning and losing hands and we don't know the results of the hand as you discuss it. Can't be bias with answers on what we would do as hero.
How were your overall results on GG last year? Any graphs you can share?
Jan. 23, 2023 | 11:18 p.m.
15:15 the 99-77 that are barreling turn 3BP SB vs hero CO on the A43dd-5x board are these hands still value bets or bluffs? Do get better QQ-TT hands to fold and called by some flush draws. Not very intuitive bluffs to find.
19:39 what crappy run outs
23:45 with K9h on the button you mention its a loose defend vs CO who is short stack. Against normal 100bb stacks would it be closer to a pure defend or still considered too loose? Also if 100bb effective and facing a 3x open what range are you looking to play on the button? More based on live environments where the blinds are not going to squeeze liberally.
28:05 bluff KQ on 953-J-2 and some how get called by worse LOL Would definitely make a note on this player and go really thin for value in the future.
32:30 You iso CO ATo 3.38bb and BB defends 76s. You said its a losing call preflop. Why? I'm typically defending much wider than 76s. Is it losing because HJ is 22bb effective? If HJ was 60bb+ These SCs and 1 gap SCs are still fine to defend? How can I construct my BB defense range vs ISO raises?
Jan. 23, 2023 | 11:06 p.m.
Fun hand from last week.
2 limpers, hero SB AsQc raises 5bb. BB and both limpers call and we go four ways to the flop.
Flop (20bb) JT5cc
Turn (20bb) JT5cc-Kx
River (20bb) JT5-K-T
Hero AQ checks again, BB checks,
EP limper bets 3bb, CO calls, Hero raises to 23bb, BB folds, and now EP says "I don't think you have the straight. You don't have the ten. I'm all in" and ships it for about 85bb. CO folds.
Hero 62bb to win total pot of 193bb after I call. Easy call but how often am I not shown a boat here?
Jan. 23, 2023 | 10:19 p.m.
I think you are reading it wrong. Its a simple question. For example we notice a slopping redline that is becoming more flat. Where Stefan and Matt have more upwards redline. So to answer my own question they are "going for it more." With some of their bluffs and or they are value betting larger creating higher redline. Your perception of people's questions is very interesting. I think the "hater energy" you are feeling is your own perceptions and projections on others.
There is no hate here. I gave the post a heart to show support. Where I noticed you didn't give the post a heart, so who's hating?
Jan. 23, 2023 | 8:27 p.m.
Its been late starts mostly, after 3pm is usually the earliest. Trying to go earlier, but other things keep coming up. Some times I don't get there until 10pm and end up grinding graveyard.
Not done when you are tired. You are done when you are finished.
Jan. 20, 2023 | 11:40 p.m.
I think this is your best video so far. First 15 minutes was pretty basic, but the next 35 minutes were solid. Reminder to not be a lazy studier and study more efficiently. My only recommendation is to hyper link some of the spots in the playbook for your students.
example a quickly took the 652ss texture where instructions are B75 Mix and provided a screen shot of how wizard is playing this spot. Creates a nice visual to see what hands are being mixed and then just understanding the ones that are betting need more protection than the other. Its similar to your flash card approach, but just allows you to hover over the cell to see the pop up.
Looking forward to part 2 on turn play?
Jan. 20, 2023 | 12:30 a.m.
Biggest pot of the week.
Open AA, CO calls, BTN 3bet, SB 4bet, Hero cold calls, CO calls, BTN all in, SB all in, Hero all in. CO all in. (four ways). Board: J636K. SB says "I have the winner" and we already know what that is...
Some short-term goals I have for January is to play 200 hours of live poker. I'm only about 71 hours in, so need to grind about 8hrs every day for the rest of the month. Had some family over earlier in the month and took about 4 days off and now playing catch up on those hours. Other goal is to complete 300k+ steps with a daily goal of 10K minimum. Then finally is to cook more. Which I am not a cook at all, so starting out with some basics of cooking more meat and trying out different cuts. Watch some YouTube videos and try and replicate. Weight loss is ok so far, down about 3 lbs. overall, but not worried about the short-term results of this. I want to see where I'm at end of the month. The goal was to lose about 5 lbs. each month, so not expecting any drastic results. Just remain consistent.
Jan. 16, 2023 | 9:46 p.m.
Last hand with 44 on the KK84T board. Mentioned probe or block bet would be better on the river given the 77% equity instead of 80+. Are you ever bet folding 44 here on the river? Or is the block better just because you get called by all Kx instead of half of it?
Jan. 15, 2023 | 5:20 p.m.
This year I'm going to be consistent with 10k+ steps a day rain or shine. You can see my heart health is getting a little better as I achieve this daily goal. By the end of the year I want to be able to maintain a weight of 175 - 185 lbs, but expect to achieve this by May of this year.
Starting from the bottom at $1/$3 for live cash and will work my way up the stakes as the year goes on. I played over a million hands online the last 2 years 2020-2022 with stakes ranging from 25NL - 200NL fast fold mostly. We will see how an online pro can do in the live environment and how the skills transition. In all fairness I was playing live for a living 2018-2020 (pre covid), so I'm used to it.
Will update at least once a week as different events and milestones are achieved.